Other Great Sources
You may not know this, but the HVAC School podcast began before the website. When I started the podcast, I never intended to create a website, but there was more demand for quick tech tips than the podcast could hold. So, we started hvacrschool.com. In the same way, I never set out to create a […]Read more
Drains and Double traps
Double traps are no good. That's the end of this tech tip. Okay, here's some detail: Anytime your drain goes up and down more than once, you have a double trap UNLESS you place an air vent between the two traps that vents ABOVE the drain inlet. The double trap causes drainage issues because air […]Read more
A Case For Wireless Refrigerant Probes
Photo by Brad Hicks at HVAC in SC Right off the top, let me state something loud and clear: The tool does not make the tech. Let that sink in before you move on. A good tech has a solid understanding of WHY they are doing what they are doing, the basic math of the […]Read more
Which Valve Do I Open First?
Testo 557 vacuum gauge and Appion core removal tools shown I've had a change of heart. Back in the early 2000s, during the big construction boom, I did many system startups on residential units for a large company I worked for. When installers ran the line sets prior to startup, they weren't always very careful […]Read more
MeasureQuick Launch Is HERE
For those of you who follow the podcast, you know how excited I am about the new MeasureQuick app and what it will do to help technicians make better measurements and diagnoses. The app is NOW AVAILABLE on Android and will be available within hours on iOS (Apple). To find out more and to download, […]Read more
Remove “Weep” Plugs on Motors
In this 60-second tech tip video by Brad Hicks with HVAC in SC. he shows us how and why to remove the weep port plugs on a condensing fan motor. I know from experience that motors can fail prematurely when this practice isn't followed. Remember that motor orientation dictates which are removed. It (generally) the ports […]Read more
What if you Only Have One Large Hose?
When evacuating, the FASTEST way is to use two large diameter hoses connected to two core removal tools and the cores removed. These hoses are then connected to the pump using a tee or evacuation “tree”. However, when you only have one large hose another acceptable method is to connect the large hose to the suction […]Read more
Pull The Top
The photo above is from a video one of my techs took of proper condenser cleaning. I must say, he did a GREAT job of cleaning the coil, and he was very careful with the top. However, I STILL would have liked to see the top get completely removed during a full maintenance procedure. Pulling […]Read more